[ kawr-buh l ]
/ ˈkɔr bəl /


any bracket, especially one of brick or stone, usually of slight extent.
a short horizontal timber supporting a girder.

verb (used with object), cor·beled, cor·bel·ing or (especially British) cor·belled, cor·bel·ling.

to set (bricks, stones, etc.) so as to form a corbel or corbels (usually followed by out).
to support by means of a corbel or corbels.

Nearby words

  1. coranto,
  2. corazón,
  3. corban,
  4. corbeil,
  5. corbeille,
  6. corbel arch,
  7. corbel out,
  8. corbel table,
  9. corbel vault,
  10. corbeling

Origin of corbel

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin corvellus, equivalent to Latin corv(us) raven1 + -ellus diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for corbel


/ (ˈkɔːbəl) architect /


Also called: truss a bracket, usually of stone or brick

verb -bels, -belling or -belled or US -bels, -beling or -beled

(tr) to lay (a stone or brick) so that it forms a corbel

Word Origin for corbel

C15: from Old French, literally: a little raven, from Medieval Latin corvellus, from Latin corvus raven

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Word Origin and History for corbel



mid-14c., from Old French corbel, diminutive of corb "raven," from Latin corvus (see raven); so called from its beaked shape.

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